I know I’m not alone in this struggle so I thought I’d do an update of this post I wrote a few years ago.
I’ve been a psoriasis sufferer from the age of nine.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that shows itself as an overproduction of skin cells that appear as lumpy, itchy scaly clumps. It’s not curable, just controllable.
It’s always been in my scalp since my childhood years and its intensity varies from day to day, week to week and month to month.
I’m just recovering from a bad respiratory virus and with that recovering, my psoriasis has flared up to its worst in months. Yes my immune system is as dodgy as that.
I can’t say I’ve ever found scalp friendly hair products that take my psoriasis away but I can say that I’ve used a number of shampoos over the years that help keep it in check while my immune system re-balances.
I’ve also found that switching scalp friendly shampoo products is always a good idea. Sometimes my scalp can get used to one shampoo, ensuring a flare up occurs.
When I switch things up, it calms down again.
I’ve also found that chemical-free shampoos can help – but not exclusively. There seems to be no rhyme or reason why some shampoos minimise flare ups and others don’t.
What I tend to stick to are shampoo formulations that soothe and calm the scalp – often you’ll find it’s peppermint oil working to do the trick here.
I also spend a lot of money each year on keeping my “natural” blonde colouring in check. I don’t want that investment damaged by shampoos that are good for psoriasis control but strip my colour.
Speaking of hair colour, if this irritates your scalp further look into ammonia-free salon hair colours such as L’Oreal Paris’ INOA hair colour and CHI Ionic Ammonia Free Permanent Shine Colour.
5 scalp friendly shampoos
Do you have a sensitive scalp? Or psoriasis? What works for you? Share your tips with us all.